Fall Writing Series: Marvin and Nathan Bell & Benvenuto High School Poetry Prize announcement

November 11, 2015 (All day)
RCAH Theater & LookOut! Art Gallery
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Join the RCAH Center for Poetry and visiting artists Marvin and Nathan Bell on Wednesday, November 11 for an an informal afternoon conversation at 3 p.m. in LookOut! Art Gallery, and at 7 p.m. in the RCAH Theater for a reading. The Benvenuto High School Poetry Prize winner will be announced at the reading.

The 2015 Fall Writing Series is sponsored in part by the Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives program at Michigan State University

Poet Marvin Bell has been referred to in print as “an insider who thinks like an outsider,” and his writing has been called “ambitious without pretension.” He was for many years Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first Poet Laureate, and serves now on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA based in Oregon at Pacific University. His 23 books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems; and Whiteout, a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. His literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts, Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.

Nathan Bell's literary roots run deep. Raised in the cradle of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he has long been recognized by reviewers, listeners, and his peers as one of songwriting’s most unique and articulate lyricists. A master guitarist, Bell often performs solo, allowing his instrument to turn his poetry to song, his metaphors to melody. Bell’s songs are regularly recorded and featured on other writer’s albums and just recently, his song "American Crow" was recorded by Missy Raines and the New Hip. His latest two records, Black Crow Blue and Blood Like a River, have topped Folk/Roots charts in the U.S. and in Europe. He is currently working on a new album, I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love.

Afternoon conversation: "Words & Music: The Lyrics of Song & Poetry"

Drawing on their works, Marvin and Nathan discuss and illustrate how music and words hold hands in songs and poems.

Photo credit: http://www.nathanbellmusic.com